Seven Days to Live 

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29 Thursday


Everyone likes a good "triumph of nonviolent conflict over tyranny," except maybe for tyrants, whose feelings really don't count all that much. So even though Bringing Down a Dictator may not be the feel-good hit of the summer, this film about student revolutionaries in Slobodan Milosevic's Serbia promises moments of inspiration. In addition to the screening of the Martin Sheen-narrated documentary, this free 6 p.m. event at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) will include a lecture by Srda Popovic, a student-leader-turned-member-of-parliament who's also prominently featured in the film. — Bill Forman

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30 Friday


Aarón Sánchez is the co-host of Food Network's Chefs vs. City, described on its website as "the ultimate foodie tour ... Sánchez and Chris Cosentino challenge two local foodies in an action-packed food adventure to locate that city's biggest, boldest, most unexpected food places." Unfortunately, the executive chef of two New York City-based restaurants isn't coming to test our local culinary knowledge; instead, he's offering a cooking demonstration and lecture at 12:30 today at Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). The demonstration: free; the parking: slightly pain-in-the-ass; the potential to learn what en croute means: priceless. — Bryce Crawford

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1 Saturday


Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men's Chorus will celebrate both the dark and light sides of life with its Beauties and Beasts spring concert. The boys will be singing tunes by James Taylor, Queen and Carly Simon, to mention just a few, at the First Congregational Church (20 E. St. Vrain St., rmarts.org/outloud.php). If you couldn't catch them at 7:30 Friday night, they'll be singing at 2 and 7:30 today. Admission prices are strictly stratified by age: free for children 12 and under, $14 for students 13 and older, $15 for seniors, and $17 for you grown-ups. — Nick Chambers

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2 Sunday


My friend, toy instruments in hand, has been scheming for the past few years to get me to help him form a band-on-stilts, with the promise that we'll rain musical goodness from on high down onto Incredible Circus MAT guests. But as our lack of a single band practice yet proves, I'm off the hook, at least for this year. My friend, along with 14 other local carny types, will still offer his own stilt routine at this year's circus, running May 1 through 16 at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org). Today's, and all Sunday shows, begin at 1 and 3 p.m.; Saturday performances kick off at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Friday acts start at 7 p.m. All seats are $10. — Matthew Schniper

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3 Monday


When looking for something different for the family on a Monday, it's always worth considering the Colorado Springs Sky Sox when they're at home. They just happen to be hosting Fresno (top farm team of the San Francisco Giants) at 6:05 tonight at Security Service Field (4385 Tutt Blvd., skysox.com). Better yet, it's a Kids Eat Free night, meaning every child 12 or younger can show a paid game ticket and receive a voucher for a free hot dog, chips and drink. For this game, you might spy Fresno pitching coach Pat Rice, who grew up here and was an outstanding player at Air Academy High School. Tip: The "upper reserved" seats are all good, and they're just $7 for kids (and seniors and military), $9 for adults. — Ralph Routon

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4 Tuesday


My closest experience to a cosmic encounter was the first time I saw the Milky Way stretch across the horizon, while I was camping at Great Sand Dunes National Park. The more I stared, the more it seemed like there was no point in the sky without a star. Rendering similar beauty artistically seems a tall order, but Nancy Stage Robinson gives it a shot with Cosmic Encounter, a series of colorful abstracts recalling nebulae and star clusters. Her works on display now at Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon St., boulderstreetgallery.com) will stay up through mid-May. — Edie Adelstein

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5 Wednesday


At least 30 models from downtown shops will take to the catwalk for the first Downtown COS Fashion Show/Silent Auction from 5:30 to 9:30 tonight at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., homesforourtroops.org). The $45 affair is part of Fashion Week celebrations, which will also include "micro-seminars" from Monday through Saturday, all to benefit Homes for Our Troops, which builds specially adapted homes to injured servicemembers. — Jill Thomas


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